Faces And Hearts

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I see faces, aching

for acceptance, hearts

prepping for penance.

Acceptance and penance, use them

They’re available, mean them.

 

An old, homeless man wobbled,

waiting for red to turn green

When a taxi hit a puddle,

his soaked shirt stuck to his skin.

 

The car shrieked to a stop, the driver,

his teeth glistened, he laughed

The man’s eyes lowered, the poorer,

he stood there as the car moved.

 

The breeze was cold and wet

The man walked, then paused

He had no cash or check

He walked and stopped.

 

Night glowed, stars assembled

He on a bench slipped into dreaming

Someone patted him and whispered

I’m the driver, he said, you were forgiving.

 

Both ate the sandwich the driver brought

He scanned the man, a deja vu from before

The man had stood, the driver remembered, between him and a gun

Look at the scar, the man quickly said, from the bullet of ’84.

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The driver’s eyes welled with tears,

the man’s with pride – and both hugged,

then smiled and sighed

Who said acceptance and penance have died.

 

But, I see faces aching

for acceptance, hearts

prepping for penance.

Acceptance and penance, use them

They’re available, mean them.

13 thoughts on “Faces And Hearts

  1. I had to read this twice and I also like the ending (like other readers)
    and this is one of those chew on writings –

    but my very favorite line was this:

    “eyes swelled with tears,
    the man’s with pride, and both hugged,
    then smiled and sighed…”

    because it was here that the mood and feel permeated…. well done M

    • Thanks P for understanding it so well. I took a while to write this post. Attempted to show instead of tell. Don’t know where 1984 came from. Two “1984” events I know of are the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi (the bullet reference might be from there) and Orwell’s famous novel (which has sadness).

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